Video Notebook: Algebraic Expression (Distance Learning)

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This Video Notebook Covers 8 Important Concepts of Algebra:
I use this Video Notebook as an introduction to my algebra units. This notebook covers the following terms:

· Algebra Expressions

· Coefficient

· Term

· Distributive Property

· Numbers & Variables

· How to write an Algebraic Expression

· Combining like terms

· Combining like terms within a word problem



- Upload this PDF into your Google Classroom as an assignment.

- Review the notes with your students, and answer any clarifying questions.


  1. Watch each of the following video-notes.
  2. If you are uncertain about anything, ask your teacher to clarify the concept.
  3. Copy the notes into your notebook.

a) I encourage you to use draw relevant pictures and use colored pencils or crayons whenever appropriate. This will make your notes stand out and help your understanding when reviewing for an exam.



Video tutorials create an engaging sensory experience. Students get to see and hear the concept being taught. Video tutorials help students to process the information more effectively.

Video tutorials provide a go-to resource that can be watched from anywhere. Students can watch video tutorials from a multitude of devices including laptops, tablets and smartphones.

Video tutorials increase knowledge retention. Video tutorials can be stopped while students work at their pace to complete the notes. The videos can also be replayed as many times as a student needs to understand the given concept.

Video tutorials are a powerful tool for leaning complex topics that require step-by-step procedures.


Video tutorials increase student engagement. This in turn helps boost achievement. If students are interested in the material, they will better process and remember it.

Video tutorials allow students to pause the video when taking notes or solving a complex problem.

Video tutorials enable the teacher to reach all their students. When students are home sick, on vacation, or under a shelter in place, video tutorials maintain a consistent flow of information.

Video Tutorials are perfect for DISTANCE LEARNING.

Video tutorials change the role of the teacher from lecturer to facilitator.  As a teacher/facilitator, I am able to help every child within my class more effectively. Less time is spent on classroom management, because even the ADHD students are able to focus on the video tutorials. I have found that video tutorials enhance the course material, help develop independent learners, and increase student engagement, which in turn helps boost achievement. Video tutorials have made my job as teacher even more rewarding, because as facilitator I am able to make more one on one connections with each of my students.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use parentheses, brackets, or braces in numerical expressions, and evaluate expressions with these symbols.
Write, read, and evaluate expressions in which letters stand for numbers.
Write expressions that record operations with numbers and with letters standing for numbers. For example, express the calculation “Subtract 𝘺 from 5” as 5 - 𝘺.
Identify parts of an expression using mathematical terms (sum, term, product, factor, quotient, coefficient); view one or more parts of an expression as a single entity. For example, describe the expression 2 (8 + 7) as a product of two factors; view (8 + 7) as both a single entity and a sum of two terms.


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